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Karen E. Park
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Karen Park

Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Theology and Religious Studies920-403-2932

Karen Park is a professor of theology and religious studies at St. Norbert College, and has been a member of the college community since 2008. As an English major and art history minor in college, she has always been drawn to the literary and artistic expressions of faith, and sees theology as primarily a creative endeavor.

Her goal as a college professor is to encourage students to become aware of – and responsible for – their own beliefs and assumptions in order to understand themselves and their experiences within the vast matrix of Christian history and tradition.

  • THRS 117 Theological Foundations
  • THRS 280 Introducing Christian Traditions
  • THRS 320 The Christian Tradition
  • THRS 221 Religion in America
  • THRS 316 Who is Jesus?
  • THRS 315 Mary through the Ages
  • THRS 338 Christian Mysticism
  • MTS 502 Historical Theology

  • B.A. – Lawrence University (English Literature)
  • M.A. – The Divinity School of the University of Chicago (Religious Studies)
  • Ph.D. – The Divinity School of the University of Chicago (History of Christianity)

  • History of Christianity
  • History of Catholicism in America
  • Sacred space and material religion
  • Marian shrines and Catholic devotionalism

American Patroness: Meaning Making at US Shrines to the Virgin Mary (Fordham University Press, 2023)